Benjamin's Reviews > The World in a City: Traveling the Globe Through the Neighborhoods of the New New York

The World in a City by Joseph Berger
Rate this book
Clear rating

's review
Feb 13, 2009

liked it
bookshelves: travelogue, nonfiction

A pretty engaging look at New York and its ethnic past and future. It really nails down the nostalgia with which people (especially from the outside) regard the city, the identification of things lost, the collective suffering and achievement. Also identifies the new wave of immigration that is changing the city so radically, as well as the economic effects of the real estate boom (although it will be interesting to see what the popped bubble effect will be). I was annoyed at Berger's insistence on drawing everything back to his own family's immigrant roots though, as it just made this weird confusion of objective and personal writing in circumstances that didn't really relate. It seemed like a stretch to me. Plus, did he honestly just call a samosa a "knish-like dish?" Seriously? Why?

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read The World in a City.
Sign In »

No comments have been added yet.